UK’s Heathrow Airport targets zero carbon by mid-2030s

Heathrow Airport in the UK has announced plans to become one of the world’s first major aviation hubs to become carbon neutral for its infrastructure. The airport is also the first to target zero carbon by the mid-2030s.

Recent investments totalling over £100 million (€119.7 million) have improved Heathrow’s energy efficiency, as well as being used to generate and purchase renewable energy. This has resulted in a reduction in carbon emissions from airport buildings and infrastructure by 93% compared to 1990.

The remaining 7% of airport infrastructure emissions, including those from heating, will be offset through tree planting projects in Indonesia and Mexico. Marking this latest milestone, Heathrow announced a further investment of £1.8 million (€2.15 million) for 2020 to contribute towards carbon saving projects in the UK.

“Making our infrastructure entirely carbon neutral is a significant milestone and a testament to the determination of our airport to help spearhead a new era of sustainable aviation,” commented John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow.

“Our sights are now set on working with the global aviation industry to deliver on net-zero by 2050, at the latest. We can and will cut the environmental cost of flying whilst keeping the benefits of travel for future generations.”

Earlier in February, the UK aviation industry committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Heathrow’s soon to be launched plan – Target Net-Zero – backs this commitment, and will outline how the hub plans to decarbonise its infrastructure and play a role in supporting the UK aviation industry’s net-zero goal.

This includes working with partners on the ground and in the air to develop sustainable aviation fuels and electric aircraft.

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